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Signs of Substance Abuse in Oregon

Substance abuse is a growing problem in the United States, affecting millions of people annually. Recognizing the signs of substance abuse is often the first step toward helping an addict obtain treatment. North Coast Recovery in Astoria, Oregon, can help the residents of Astoria and the surrounding communities in the Pacific Northwest and across the country learn whether or not a loved one is abusing, and then come up with practical ways to help him or her manage that addiction.

What Is Substance Abuse?

Substance abuse involves the dangerous use of an illicit substance such as drugs or alcohol. Substance abuse is a growing problem in the United States, as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) claims that 23.5 million people age 12 or older required substance abuse treatment in 2009. The abuse of prescription drugs is becoming an especially big problem. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more people die from overdosing on prescription opioids than they do all illegal substances combined.

Signs of Substance Abuse

It can be difficult to think about a loved one abusing drugs or alcohol, which is why many of the warning signs often go unheeded. Here are some things to look for that might tell you someone is using or abusing illicit substances:

  • Rapid changes in weight, typically the loss of several pounds in a very short period of time
  • Financial problems
  • Being secretive
  • Impaired judgment

Changes in Behavior

Drug and alcohol abusers often prefer to socialize with others who have the same habits and/or lifestyle. As such, a telltale sign that someone is abusing is a sudden change in his or her social network. An individual may drop old friends without warning and begin hanging out with new acquaintances that seemingly come out of nowhere. This is often accompanied by dramatic changes in personality that can include:

  • Increased aggression
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Skipping work or school
  • Changes in grooming habits

Physical and Mental Symptoms of Substance Abuse

If someone around you has recently abused drugs or alcohol, he or she may exhibit all or some of the following signs:

  • Bloodshot eyes with dilated or very large pupils
  • Unusual smells on the breath or body, something a person may go to great lengths to cover up by wearing perfume or using breath mints
  • Tremors or shaking
  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired coordination

Why Choose North Coast Recovery?

  • Licensed treatment facility in the state of Oregon
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Long and short-term programs available
  • Gender-specific programs
  • Personalized, compassionate care

Contact North Coast Recovery Today

The financial costs of substance abuse runs in the billions of dollars, and there is also emotional, social, and mental effects that no one can put a price on. North Coast Recovery, conveniently located in Astoria, Oregon, is a highly rated substance abuse facility that serves residents of Astoria and the surrounding communities in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. Our programs provide a wide range of treatments with a track record of effectiveness to help people overcome substance abuse. Please contact us today to find out more about how North Coast Recovery can serve you.